(Closed) Luminary Bags for Reception

posted 8 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Are the luminary bags ok to use?
    Yes, they will work great! : (5 votes)
    45 %
    No, they look cheap. : (4 votes)
    36 %
    Maybe, but I have another suggestion on how to dress them up. (include pics) : (2 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    2 posts

    @PrncssDva:My son is getting married in December.  We plan to use luminaries at the church lining the way from the parking lot to the entrance door with white bags and tealights.  We plan to put luminaries in the church (evening wedding) using clear vases ($3 each at Wal-Mart) with clear glass stones in the bottom, water, and floating candles going down the aisle.  We also plan to use luminaires at the reception marking the way to the door using cylindrical vases with water and round floating candles the colors of the wedding.  You may go with the autumn bags, which will look pretty or try one of these ideas.  We bought some vases online, but the shipping can get pretty outrageous (almost as much as the cost of the vases) so be careful.  Craft stores may be a better way to go.  Best of luck with your wedding.

    Post # 5
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I don’t think I’d use those as a centerpiece on a table, rather I’d use them outside to line a sidewalk or if you have outdoor cocktail tables. 


    A really cute idea that I’m in love with right now is fabric kissing balls. You could use fake leaves or the colors of your wedding to make it work for you. Also, when you buy the paper lantern to make it (of course im assuming you’re a dyi bride 😉  ) you have the choice of circle or rectangle, which could be super cute. 


    Let me know if you’d like to see how this looks, i’d be willing to get the stuff for a mock up, because i’m really interested in it, too! 🙂


    By The Way, Here’s the link to make the fabric kissing balls! 


    Post # 6
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @allee2388: Agreed on using them as centerpieces. I like luminaries, but they look best from a slight distance, not really up close. I would not use them on a table.

    Post # 7
    29 posts
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am thinking of using them outside, too…..to line the walk path. But I am going to use those little battery powered fake candles inside w/some sand or kitty litter to weigh them down.

    After a candle mishap at a baby shower I hosted last Fall (where a center piece caught on fire b/c of a lit votive candle!), I vowed NEVER to use real fire/lit candles that I can’t keep a CLOSE eye on all the time at a party like that ever again! Lol!

    My venue is an outdoor Spanish style chapel, so I think they will work well.

    Post # 8
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    The listing says they aren’t flame retardant, so I wouldn’t use them indoors.

    Post # 9
    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We used these to line the path to our exit at the reception. Even though they were only lit for about 10 minutes, the coordinator FREAKED when she saw them. She was terrified they would catch on fire and burn the place down. Check with your venue, they might not allow them.

    Post # 11
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are lighting the path from our venue down to the dock where our “getaway boat” will be waiting with luminaries. I think we are going to use about 350 luminaries for it! I have never seen luminaries as a centerpiece, only lining a walkway, and I agree that they might look better from far away…but Im sure they could look beautiful on a table as well!

    Post # 13
    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I agree with everyone else… I think candles without the bags are best on the tables, but the luminaries can certainly look elegant elsewhere!

    Post # 14
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I used black and silver bags with star cut outs to define my aisle since I had the ceremony inside the reception hall. Closer to the front we put silk leaves between each bag to go with our fall theme. Used battery operated tea lights so if they got bumped over it was no big deal. Added a night effect without worrying about tripping on a fabric or paper aisle. Easy clean up too.

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